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The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
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Jul 15, 2010

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In this debut novel, Aryn Kyle creates a memorable story about a lonely twelve-year-old girl, Alice Winston, and her struggle to make sense of the world around her. Alice’s sister Nona runs off with a rodeo star while her father tries to keep the horse ranch solvent and her mother sinks into a deeper depression. Alice suddenly must become her father’s assistant while trying to maintain good grades at school and figure out the many roles she must play in her mixed up world. Other stories weave into Alice’s world including the mystery of the death of a classmate, her secret relationship with a teacher at school, the women who board their horses at the Winston ranch, horse shows, and the life of Sheila, a wealthy girl who is taking riding lessons from Alice’s father.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kyle’s writing and the strong protagonist she creates in Alice Winston. I also enjoyed the strong sense of place that she creates as well as the many characters that brought the story together. I look forward to more books from Aryn Kyle. ~ Enjoy ~ --Kara

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